Malaysia MPs close ranks on US spying

Malaysia MPs close ranks on US spying

Government and Opposition MPs have made a common stand against the alleged US government's spying activities in Malaysia.

They want the Government to go beyond sending protest notes to the US representative in Malaysia and do more as the country's security and sovereignty were at stake.

Datuk Bung Mokhtar Radin (BN-Kinabatangan) said the authorities must ensure that foreign spying activities would not happen again in Malaysia.

"The Government must implement a no-spying clause when it enters into agreements with other countries. We must be more firm in this issue rather than issue a protest note to the US government alone.

"Has our Government received any assurances that there will be no more spying activities by them in Malaysia?" he said while debating Budget 2014 at the committee stage.

Bung Mokhtar took a jibe at Khalid Samad (PAS-Shah Alam), whom he described as "good at holding demonstrations".

"Barisan MPs will throw our support if you and the Opposition MPs organise a protest against US spying activities," he added.

Khalid responded by saying that he expected government MPs to stand beside him on the front line should he organise a protest.

Tian Chua (PKR-Batu) criticised the Government for its "weak" approach in handling the spying allegations, pointing out that Indonesia had recalled its ambassador to Australia after it was found out that the latter had been spying in the country.

In response, Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Hamzah Zainuddin said the ministry was taking a serious view of the matter and more would be done.

"A protest note by a government to another is deemed internationally as a strong and serious form of action," he added.

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